Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 17, 2013
    Melody Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, we are traveling in May for our first family visit. My son will be 2 & my daughter will be 8. Suggestions? Ideas? Any tips? As well, my daughter has a seafood allergy. Can she only eat at certain places? What about the character meals & buff

    Hi Melody!

    I'm so excited that you'll be experiencing Walt Disney World for the first time in just a few short months!

    Let me first throw out some thoughts on your daughter's seafood allergy. The restaurants at Walt Disney World are incredible when it comes to accommodating guests with food allergies. When you make your dining reservations, which I would do soon if you haven't already, make sure you indicate on the reservation that someone in your party has a food allergy.

    If you've already made dining reservations, don't worry. The cast members that check you in at the restaurants can assist you at that time so you can have either a waiter or a chef assist you with the menu. If you're dining at a quick-service restaurant, feel free to ask a cast member for assistance when you're choosing your daughter's meal.

    If you have further questions, you can send an e-mail to: or call (407) 824-5967.

    (P.S. - Your children will love the character dining experiences. They're all fantastic!)

    Before I go, I have a few overall tips to share.

    Tip #1: Plan for a quick power nap back at the hotel each afternoon. When my niece was your daughter's age, we did that with her and it was a huge help.  

    Tip #2: Before you leave, have your daughter think about a few attractions that she would like to experience, as well as some she thinks her brother might like (e.g. "it's a small world" in Fantasyland). This will help her see that each family member gets to choose things to do.

    Tip #3: Let the fun happen! There are so many experiences that don't appear on the guide maps that you'll encounter in your travels around the theme parks.  Something as simple as a camel that "spits" water next to "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin" in Adventureland can be a fun thing to watch for a few minutes.

    I hope that helps and I hope you have an amazing vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Derek, Virginia

Whether you're traveling with infants or preschoolers, planning a family reunion, taking a romantic trip for two, or even traveling solo - I've been in your shoes.  I'd love to help you make the most out of your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Derek

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